WISEatlantic Chair, Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, was honored to participate in the Diversity in STEM: Why It Matters panel discussion at Acadia University on March 6th, 2018. Other panelists included Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, CEO of Digital Nova Scotia, Dr. Imogen Coe, Dean of Faculty of Science at Ryerson, and Denise Pothier, Vice President of Practice Services at Stantec. Special thanks to Dr. Randy Newman at Acadia for organizing this event. WISEatlantic was a proud sponsor.
The WISEatlantic Partnerships Program is an opportunity for community organizations in Atlantic Canada to apply for small one-year sponsorship for new activities and/or projects that promote the outreach, recruitment, and retention of girls, young women, and industry professionals in STEM. The Partnerships Program had six applicants for 2017 and the following three were successful in receiving funds for innovative programs in 2018:
Congrats to the successful applicants! The next round of submissions will open in September 2018 on our Partnerships Program page.
Robin Durnford writes how university's reliance on contract labour is creating a hostile environment for female professors. This article sheds light on the impact of contract positions, and their ramifications for women in academia.
Read the article here.
This past May, The Honorable Geoff Regan, MP for Halifax West and Speaker of the House of Commons, visited Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal's lab to learn more about her research, and the WISEatlantic program. Dr. Franz-Odendaal was later featured in his Summer 2017 constituency newsletter.
Read the article (on page two of the newsletter) here.
Is promoting science your passion? Apply for an NSERC PromoScience Grant! The application deadline is September 15, 2017.
NSERC invites applications that promote the natural sciences and engineering to Canada’s young people, particularly to groups such as girls and Aboriginal peoples that are under-represented in scientific and engineering careers. Grants may be used to cover improvements to program content or delivery, as well as for new programs and activities.
To learn more, visit their website.
From November 6 to 8, 2017, advocates of gender equality policy from science, innovation and development fields will participate in the Gender Summit North America 2017, to be held in Montréal, Canada. Those present will have the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions under the overarching theme of "Pluralism, Ethnicity & Inclusion – Canadian Values in a Global Context."
The summit will engage individuals and communities in transformative actions on gender equity, pluralism, ethnicity, and inclusion in science and STEM, social science and health research. This is the first time a Canadian city will be hosting the Summit.
Learn more by visiting their website.
Engineers Canada is working to increase the representation of women within the engineering field through its 30 by 30 initiative. This initiative has a goal of raising the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30 percent by the year 2030.
Thirty per cent is universally held as the tipping point for sustainable change–reaching 30 by 30 will help drive the shift in the overall membership of the engineering profession as more and more women continue to enter the profession. This initiative began in 2014, new numbers from 2016 show a slight national increase but there is still much work to be done.
Click here for more information on the initiative and on the new data.
The 2nd biennial Atlantic ConnecTions Conference took place May 3 & 4, 2017 at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS. This conference brought together over 100 women in SETT from Across Atlantic Canada to share their experiences, network, and develop action items with the goal of advancing women in SETT.
The event featured keynote speakers Vandana Juneja, Senior Director at Catalyst, and Gloria Montano, Director of WinSETT. Donna Clark of Courage Group International facilitated the open sessions of the conference. During certain parts of the conference, participants were offered parallel streams for women in technology, trades, academia, and engineering. The attendee’s were engaged, and enjoyed connecting with women in a variety of professions.
The final report from the 2017 ACT Conference is available here
On March 17th, 2017 WISEatlantic hosted Step Up: An Academic Advancement Workshop for Female Faculty in Saint John, NB. Participants learned various strategies for academic advancement which were tailored for female faculty in STEM in Atlantic Canada.
This workshop featured the following topics:
Thank you to the NSERC-CWSE Network for sponsoring this event!
You can read the full report here.
WISEatlantic was pleased to host a workshop and a booth for the March 3, 2017 Girls Conference at Mount Saint Vincent University. This conference is a yearly event run by the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice.
High school girls from across the province participated in the Girls Conference which featured various workshops which included confidence building, leadership skills, personal and professional growth, etc. and also a keynote address by Reeny Smith. WISEatlantic’s workshop Be Inspired: Discover Exciting Careers featured a panel of six female role models who work in a variety of STEM careers. The workshop, which was sponsored by J.D. Irving Limited, was well-received by the over 35 participants present.
“I felt like all the information I learned sparked my thinking for what I will do in the future.” – Workshop Participant
In February 2013, Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal was appointed as a member of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on “The State of Canada’s Science Culture." The report was released in Winter 2014.
Learn more about the panel’s findings, and read the report here.